Ethan Hawke tapes audio edition of acclaimed novel 'Gilead'

Ethan Hawke’s film characters have ranged from the younger skeptics of “Truth Bites” and “Earlier than Dawn” to the fanatically dedicated abolitionist John Brown in “The Just right Lord Hen.”

NEW YORK — When she discovered that Ethan Hawke was once running on a distinct audio version of her acclaimed novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson’s reaction was once to get a greater thought of who he was once.

“I will’t say I used to be aware of his voice,” Robinson mentioned of the four-time Oscar nominee whose movies come with “Earlier than Dawn,” “Truth Bites” and “Boyhood.” But if Robinson watched Hawke famous person as a stricken priest in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” she felt assured he may inhabit the lifetime of an getting old Iowa minister within the 1950s, one whom Robinson describes as “a person deep in dialog with himself.”

“He (Hawke) speaks in a form of American approach this is smartly throughout the vary of what I perceive my personality to be talking,” she mentioned.

Hawke has recorded an abridged narrative of “Gilead” that was once commissioned by means of Big apple’s 92nd Boulevard Y and will he heard Oct. 19-29 by means of www.92y.org/gilead. Bernard Schwartz, who directs the Y’s Unterberg Poetry Heart, mentioned in a commentary that he concept Hawke was once an excellent narrator.

“In ‘Gilead,’ the Reverend John Ames contemplates ‘grace as a form of ecstatic fireplace that takes issues right down to necessities,'” he mentioned. “I learn that and recall to mind Ethan Hawke’s voice. ‘Gilead’ is a smart American novel, and Ethan Hawke is a smart American actor.”

In a up to date e mail, Hawke remembered his first stumble upon with Robinson, when she learn from “Gilead” at Shakespeare and Corporate in Paris, as a “close to Holy revel in.”

“Her humility as an individual, and the intensity of her writing, was once inspiring — so I began studying,” he defined.

Hawke’s roles have ranged from the born skeptics of “Truth Bites” and “Earlier than Dawn” to the violently dedicated John Brown, the 19th century abolitionist whom he performs within the Showtime adaptation of James McBride’s prize-winning novel “The Just right Lord Hen.” The Rev. Ames, as a lot seeker in his personal approach as a few of Hawke’s extra secular characters, is in his “wheelhouse,” the actor says.

“If somebody has the Chutzpah to make it a movie, I am hoping they solid me.”

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